Examples Of Conscience In Huckleberry Finn

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A conscience is an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior. Every day, people use their conscience to make many different decisions in their lives. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck becomes closer to Jim, and Huck has to make decisions to save Jims life. In the story, Huck goes against his conscience, and society, to do what he believes is morally correct. Albert Einstein once said, to “Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.” Huck is a great example of someone who does not conform to society, and what he believes his conscience is telling him to do. The context behind the story is it takes place in the South, particularly along the Mississippi…show more content…
Huck did not want to go live with Widow Douglas, so he ran away with Tom Sawyer. When Huck and Tom run away, they find Jim on Jackson Island. Jim, a main character and important figure to Huckleberry, is an African American and slave to Miss Watson. Jim has no education, which is shown through his speech, because of this Jim runs away with master Huck. Huck decides to take Jim down to Cairo, so he could set him free because Huck is becoming very fond of Jim. But just when Huck is very close to setting Jim free, society tells Huck to turn Jim in, they even would give him a reward for turning in the runaway slave. At first, Huck’s conscience told him to turn Jim in, because he was pressured by society. Huck reminisced to himself about freeing Jim, and he said “Why, me. I couldn't get that out of my conscience, no how nor no way. It got to troubling me so I couldn't rest; I couldn't stay still in one place. It hadn't ever come home to me before, what this thing was that I was doing. But now it did; and it stayed with me, and scorched me more and more. I tried to make out to myself that I warn't to blame, because I didn't run Jim off from his rightful owner. (Mark Twain 381)” Huck started to feel guilty, and shameful for not telling Miss Watson about finding her runaway slave, his conscience even told him "What had poor Miss Watson done to you that you

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